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  • Hong Kong - Two dead birds test positive for H5 avian flu virus - December 23, 2017

    HK announced Detection of H5 Virus from a bird
    (Following statement can be got from the government's official syte)

    Black-faced Spoonbill tests positive for H5 virus
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    The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (December 22) that a dead black-faced spoonbill found in the Hong Kong Wetland Park (Wetland Park) in Tin Shui Wai was suspected to be H5 positive after initial laboratory testing. Further confirmation tests are being conducted.

    The dead bird was found and collected at the mudflat in the Wetland Park yesterday (December 21). Black-faced spoonbills migrate from their breeding ground near the Korean Peninsula and the Liaodong Peninsula in Mainland China to the south for overwintering between October to February. The Deep Bay area where the Wetland Park is located is one of their major wintering sites.

    Cleansing and disinfection has been stepped up at the venue where the dead bird was found in the Wetland Park. Notices have also been put up to remind visitors to pay attention to personal hygiene. The Wetland Park will keep a close watch on the situation of birds inside the Park.

    Two chicken farms are within 3 kilometres of where the dead bird was found. The AFCD already informed the chicken farms concernedand found no abnormal mortality or symptoms of avian influenza among the chicken flocks so far. The AFCD has also phoned poultry farmers to remind them to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures against avian influenza. Letters will be issued to pet bird shop owners and licence holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons reminding them that proper precautions must be taken. The AFCD will continue to monitor the situation closely.

    The spokesman said the AFCD would ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza have been implemented. The AFCD will continue its wild bird monitoring and surveillance.

    "People should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and their droppings. They should clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them. The public can call 1823 for follow-up if they come across suspicious sick or dead birds, including the carcasses of wild birds and poultry," the spokesman said.

    The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) will continue to be vigilant over imported live poultry as well as live poultry stalls. It will also remind stall operators to maintain good hygiene.

    The Department of Health will keep up with its health education to remind the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent avian influenza.

    The AFCD, the FEHD, the Customs and Excise Department and the Police will strive to deter the illegal import of poultry and birds into Hong Kong to minimise the risk of avian influenza outbreaks caused by imported poultry and birds that have not gone through inspection and quarantine.

    All relevant government departments will continue to remain highly vigilant and strictly enforce preventive measures against avian influenza.

    Health advice is available from the "H5N1 Health Advice" on the AFCD website at www.afcd.gov.hk.

    Ends/Friday, December 22, 2017
    Issued at HKT 23:15

    Source (HK Government):
    http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...htm?fontSize=1

  • #2
    H5 Virus detected another place in HK, this is the second one on the day.



    Oriental magpie robin tests positive for H5 virus
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    The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (December 22) that a dead Oriental magpie robin found in To Lok Road, Tseung Kwan O, was suspected to be H5 positive after initial laboratory testing. Further confirmation tests are being conducted.

    The dead bird was found and collected in 8 To Lok Road, Tseung Kwan O, yesterday (December 21). The Oriental magpie robin is a common resident of Hong Kong.

    The spokesman said cleaning and disinfection have been stepped up at the venue, adding that there are no poultry farms within 3 kilometres of where the dead bird was found.

    In view of the case, the AFCD already phoned poultry farmers to remind them to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures against avian influenza. Letters will be issued to farmers, pet bird shop owners and licence holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons reminding them that proper precautions must be taken.

    The spokesman said the department would ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza have been implemented. The department will continue its wild bird monitoring and surveillance.

    "People should avoid contact with wild birds and live poultry and their droppings. They should clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them. The public can call 1823 for follow-up if they come across suspicious, sick or dead birds, including the carcasses of wild birds and poultry," the spokesman said.

    The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) will continue to be vigilant over imported live poultry as well as live poultry stalls. It will also remind stall operators to maintain good hygiene.

    The Department of Health will keep up with its health education to remind the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent avian influenza.

    The AFCD, the FEHD, the Customs and Excise Department and the Police will strive to deter the illegal import of poultry and birds into Hong Kong to minimise the risk of avian influenza outbreaks caused by imported poultry and birds that have not gone through inspection and quarantine.

    All relevant government departments will continue to be highly vigilant and strictly enforce preventive measures against avian influenza. Health advice is available from the "H5N1 Health Advice" page on the AFCD website at www.afcd.gov.hk.

    Ends/Friday, December 22, 2017
    Issued at HKT 21:21

    Source (HK gov.):
    http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...htm?fontSize=1

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    • #3
      Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/h...vian-flu-virus

      Two dead birds test positive for H5 avian flu virus, Hong Kong authorities say
      The virus strain does not usually infect humans but officials warn public to stay away from wild birds and live poultry
      PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 December, 2017, 6:16pm
      UPDATED : Saturday, 23 December, 2017, 6:17pm

      Two dead birds found at different locations in Hong Kong tested positive for the H5 avian flu virus on Friday, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.

      Further tests are being carried out to confirm the results, while both sites where the birdsí bodies were discovered have been thoroughly disinfected, according to authorities.

      One of the birds was a black-faced spoonbill, a migratory species common in the mudflats of the wetland park in Tin Shui Wai.

      The park, in the Deep Bay area, is a hotspot for migratory birds arriving from the north during the winter season. Black-faced spoonbills can come from as far as the Korean Peninsula and the Liaoning province in northeastern China...

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      • #4
        Translation Google

        Magpie 鸲H5 virus test positive

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        A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (December 22) that the corpse of the magpie in Pokolu Road, Tseung Kwan O, was positive for the initial test of H5 virus and the authorities are continuing to make Further determine the test.

        The magpie 鸲 body was found and picked up yesterday (December 21) at 8 Tak Lok Road, Tseung Kwan O. Magpie 鸲 is a common resident in Hong Kong.

        The spokesman said that the spot where the bird was seized has been enhanced for cleaning and disinfection. There is no chicken farm within a three kilometer radius of the spot where the bird was found.

        In response to the case, AFCD has called poultry farmers to remind them to step up their prevention of bird flu and biosecurity. Apart from poultry farmers, AFCD will also mail the owner of the bird, licensed pet poultry and racing pigeons reminded them to take proper precautionary measures.

        The spokesman said the department would ensure that the trade took appropriate measures to prevent bird flu. AFCD will also continue to closely monitor the wild birds.

        "Members of the public should avoid contact with wild birds and live poultry and their droppings and wash their hands thoroughly after they have been exposed to the birds. People found dead and dead birds, including wild birds and poultry, may call Fisheries Support 1823 Department Follow-up. "The

        Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) will continue to monitor the import of live poultry and live poultry retail outlets and remind shop operators of hygiene.

        The Department of Health will continue to promote public health education to remind people to pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene to prevent bird flu.

        AFCD, FEHD, the Customs and Excise Department and the Police Force are committed to intercepting the illegal import of birds and reducing the risk of avian influenza outbreaks by non-quarantined birds.

        All government departments will continue to exercise vigilance and strictly implement the measures to prevent and control the bird flu.

        For health tips on bird flu prevention, please visit "H5N1 Health Information" on AFCD website ( www.afcd.gov.hk ).

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        Friday, December 22, 2017 Issued
        at HKT 21:21
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